The film industry has a long-standing reputation as a men's club, and recent statistics support this claim.
According to a 2018 report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, women comprised 20% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working in the top 250 domestric grossing films. This represents an increase of 2 percentage points from 18% in 2018 and is virtually unchanged from the percentage achieved in 1998. Only 8% of last year's top grossing movies had a female director, down 3 percentage points from 11% in 2017.
The Archer Institute for Film & Video Literacy strives to overcome these statistics by encouraging a new generation of female filmmakers.
Archer's annual student-run festival is open to high school filmmakers in California and all girls' school students nationally. While the festival is dedicated to empowering female filmmakers, the goal is not to exclude men, but to include women. Each year, participants get the rare opportunity to screen their films at the festival and learn from high-level industry professionals at a series of panel discussions.
The MediaSpace opened on January 14, 2015, and it is the hub of Archer’s Institute for Film and Video Literacy program to further the School’s commitment to addressing the persistent lack of women in film and television. Designed for multiple courses to occur at once and to encourage cooperative learning across disciplines, the physical space is filled with bright colors and modern elements to nurture an active, collaborative environment.
The Archer School for Girls admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in its hiring or in the administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs or other school-administered programs.